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Mr Tompkins in Paperback by Roger Penrose, George Gamow

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13

The Woodcarver

It was a large and heavy door with an impressive sign, KEEP OUT—HIGH TENSION, right in the middle of it. However, this first inhospitable impression was somewhat softened by the word ‘welcome’ written large on the door mat, and, after a minute’s hesitation, Mr Tompkins pressed the door bell. Let in by a young assistant, Mr Tompkins found himself in a large room a good half of which was occupied by a very complicated and fantastic looking machine.

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‘This is our large cyclotron or “atom-smasher”, as they call it in the newspapers,’ explained the assistant, putting a loving hand on one of the coils of the giant electromagnet which ...

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